John Lennon purchased a new Gibson Les Paul Junior with a tobacco sunburst finish sometime in the early 1970’s.
took his Les Paul to New York luthier Ron DeMarino to be modified.
Lennon suggested that he would like DeMarino to install a humbucker
Instead of the requested humbucker, DeMarino installed a
"Charlie Christian" pickup, which had a narrow string-sensing blade and
produced a clear sound.
Lennon later returned the instrument to DeMarino and asked him to sand off the sunburst finish to a bare mahogany wood finish.
Early 1970's Gibson Les Paul Junior - Mahogany